Photographer: Mark GriffithsCindy Sherman, 57, is a photographer, director, model and actor. She models and acts creating characters in her own photographic work, which are different from herself. They do not reveal her, they are entirely imaginary. Thus she has given a different meaning to the self portrait, which in her interpretation becomes a portrait with no self, a portrait of another enacted by 'her' self. Her work tends to explore fetishization. Cindy often makes images inspired by horror movies. She has been described as quintessentially postmodern in her approach.
We all have our favourite photographers, Cindy is certainly one of mine.
If I have begun to take self portraits it is because I love Cindy's work. And in my self portraiture I do not wish to project myself. I love the idea of creating a character, of being different. I already do that through modelling for others, the picture I did with Mark Griffiths is a case in point but also those I did with Caroline Michael. Only in those pictures I was fulfilling their vision.
Photographer: Caroline MichaelIn my own portraiture it is my vision, rather than another's, that finds expression.
It is of course about identity. "How do I see myself?" turns into "what do I want others to see".
I do like photographing others. But I really prefer to work alone, creating my own pictures.
I have two shoots coming up, one with myself and one with a female model.
I am apprehensive, but am truly looking forward to both.
(All photos modelled by Alex B)